On, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and LPGA golf champion Morgan Pressel lent their voices to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which is a partnership between Pantene® and the American Cancer Society®, the largest nonprofit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and to provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 42,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.
Hosted by P&G’s Mindy Thompson-Sherwood and Walmart’s Carmen Bouza, the event was held at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion with over 300 men, women and children donating their hair. People of all ages came from around the state to participate in the important Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Lindsey Vonn helped cut the ponytails of some of the donors.
Morgan Pressel was inspired to get involved through her own personal connection with cancer. “I watched my mom go through breast cancer, who passed away in 2003,” said Pressel, “That’s why this event means so much to me. Thank you to all donating, and volunteering.”
A woman named Courtney, who was actually the very first donor to sign up for the event 9 years ago, is currently battling breast cancer. Before starting chemo, she decided to cut her hair and donate her ponytail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. She recently received a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig after losing her hair due to cancer treatments. You never who close to you may benefit from the time, talent and treasure you donate to a cause, so it’s so important to do all that you can.
The event was held in conjunction with Walmart’s NWA Championship Week, presented by Procter & Gamble. NWA Championship Week is an Official LPGA Tour event featuring 144 of the top female golfers in the world. Kudos to two LPGA players— Jane Rah and Candy Hannemann – who were inspired to get involved and donated their hair! The growth in this event is amazing! They started with just 10 donors 9 years ago and it has exploded into now being held in an outdoor amphitheater to accommodate all the fantastic donors!
“I am honored to be here today,” said Lindsey Vonn. She further adds, “These young men and women in front of me today truly inspire me. These are the true heroes.”
I hope that you will consider getting involved by donating your healthy hair or making a monetary donation to help create free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments! The Pantene Beautiful Lengths Fund, in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, created a monetary donation component to the program, allowing everyone who wants to participate in the cause a way to show their support and the creation of more wigs than ever before; 100% of donations are used to make Pantene wigs
MAKE A HAIR DONATION:
- Donations must be at least 8 inches long
- Hair cannot be permanently dyed, bleached or chemically treated (semi-perm and vegetable dyes are fine)
- Hair cannot be more than 5% gray
- The program was created to help women who are going through the toughest fight of their lives feel more like themselves when it matters most. For more information and where to donate, visit the Beautiful Lengths tab on Pantene.com
MAKE A MONETARY DONATION:
If you are unable to donate your hair, consider making a monetary donation to support this important cause. Please click here for more information and to donate.
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